John Newman

You may not know John Newman’s name but you’ll have certainly heard his voice. He fronts UK dance act Rudimental’s Feel the Love and Not Giving In, their two number one smashes to date, and is currently on tour with the Hackney-based group. M spent 30 Seconds with John as he steps out on a hotly anticipated solo career with his anthemic new single Love Me Again...

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 10 May 2013
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As voices go, young Yorkshire singer John Newman has one of the most distinctive currently lighting up both the album and singles charts.

This 22 year-old fronts (as well as helped write) Feel the Love and Not Giving In, the two number one hits from UK dance act Rudimental. Not only that but the band’s debut album Home has also topped the charts adding up to a huge year so far for the group and John.

John moved to London when he was 20 to start a band and was immediately picked up by Island Records. His keyboard player just happened to be one of the Rudimental producers which led onto the collaboration with the Hackney-based group.

He’s currently on tour with the dance act but has found time to put down his debut single Love Me Again. As first offerings go, it’s a huge statement of intent - the song combines Stax soul with the pop sensibility of Mark Ronson topped off by John’s huge voice. M find out why Motown’s Berry Gordy is his main inspiration…

I first started writing music because…
I wanted to express what I felt and feel good whilst I did it, and also because it kept me off the streets and gave me something to drive towards.

I have been making music since…
The age of 14, when I starting to sing, produce and play. I knew that covering songs didn't get you on the radio and didn't let you express your own feelings in words.

You'll like my music if…
You listen to Stax, Motown, Northern Soul, 80's funk, break beat and b-boy cuts, hip hop, orchestral, 90's house, country and anything else really. I'm inspired by so many genres and artists and I'm free to let those influences pour into my music and what I do.

My favourite venue is…
The O2. I was given the opportunity to support Plan B there with Rudimental and it is just a stunning, stunning sight. As you can imagine, it’s pretty emotional when you're stood on that stage after so much hard work.

Music is important because…
It brings people together. Look at Northern Soul events, raves, festivals. These things all bring people together and there all based around music. It’s so hard to establish this with the world we live in and music does it so well but simply.

My biggest inspiration is…
Berry Gordy. He started out a young black kid in a very racially divided state in America. This war aside he still brought white and blacks together in Detroit in the basement of his parent’s house. It brought together and helped form such song writers as Holland-Dozier-Holland and artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Martha Reeves.

My dream collaboration would be…
With Prince!

To try out my music listen to my song…
My new single Love Me Again.

If I wasn't making music I'd be…
Fixing/spraying cars in the small town I grew up in smoking weed on evenings. However, it is all very far from that now.

In ten years I want to be…
Still creating albums and just enjoying this amazing job I have.

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